Ambition Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Ambition

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My mother wanted me off her hands. She was a working woman. She designed clothes, and she was a celebrity collector. It's my mother's ambition to be a celebrity.
~By Stephen Sondheim ~


I've always been most interested in the politics of everyday life: your relation to whatever you're doing, or what your ambitions are, where you live, where you find yourself in the social hierarchy.
~By Richard Linklater ~


The failure of national economic policy is costing us more than jobs; it has begun to weaken that uniquely American spirit of risk-taking, large ambition, and optimism about the future. We must rally them now to bold departures that rebuild our national morale as well as our material prosperity.
~By Mitch Daniels ~


Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
~By Lao Tzu ~


Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
~By Baruch Spinoza ~


The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
~By James F. Cooper ~


Things will be very bad for Latin America. You only have to consider the ambitions and the doctrines of the empire, which regards this region as its backyard.
~By Jose Saramago ~


The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion.
~By Derek Jarman ~


It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
~By Friedrich Nietzsche ~


Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.
~By John Webster ~


We're not all nice, and there are a lot of levels of ambition and niceness.
~By Heather Donahue ~


Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
~By Ben Jonson ~


I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
~By Thomas Carlyle ~


Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.
~By Edward Dahlberg ~


Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.
~By Emile M. Cioran ~


Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
~By A. C. Benson ~


Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go.
~By James Cook ~


I have two ambitions in life: one is to drink every pub dry, the other is to sleep with every woman on earth.
~By Oliver Reed ~


Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions... Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.
~By Muhammad Iqbal ~


The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
~By William Feather ~


What likelihood is there of corrupting a man who has no ambition?
~By Samuel Richardson ~


Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.
~By Bill Bradley ~


I see my face in the mirror, and I said, No, my ambition is not to be an actor.
~By Dino De Laurentiis ~


It would be difficult to have any unfulfilled ambitions because I don't have any ambitions. I've never been that kind of performer.
~By John Hurt ~


This source of corruption, alas, is inherent in the democratic system itself, and it can only be controlled, if at all, by finding ways to encourage legislators to subordinate ambition to principle.
~By James L. Buckley ~


Drugs are the enemies of ambition and hope - and when we fight against drugs we are fighting for the future.
~By Bob Riley ~


My ambition is to be happy.
~By Penelope Cruz ~


America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman.
~By George W. Bush ~


All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children.
~By Paul Auster ~


Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose.
~By Wilfred Owen ~


Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


Never let inexperience get in the way of ambition.
~By Terry Josephson ~


Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
~By Eleanor Roosevelt ~


I am still full of ambition.
~By Jan Timman ~


All my ambition is, I own, to profit and to please unknown; like streams supplied from springs below, which scatter blessings as they go.
~By Charles Cotton ~


My ambition is to go back to Spurs and Rangers in some capacity and give something back that they gave to me.
~By Graham Roberts ~


There is, however, another purpose to which academies contribute. When they consist of a limited number of persons, eminent for their knowledge, it becomes an object of ambition to be admitted on their list.
~By Charles Babbage ~


Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do.
~By Robert Browning ~


Whatever ambivalence I felt about my own career, Frankie more than made up for it with his ambition and tenacity.
~By Annette Funicello ~


I think when people talk about ambition and talking to him, it might have seemed that he wasn't ambitious.
~By Alan Hansen ~


It's incredible considering the public perception that he was tight fisted and he was more than prudent, and lacked ambition to take Tottenham to where the fans wanted them to be.
~By Alan Hansen ~


Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.
~By Shakti Gawain ~


Let love flow so that it cleanses the world. Then man can live in peace, instead of the state of turmoil he has created through his past ways of life, with all those material interests and earthly ambitions.
~By Sai Baba ~


Trusting in Christ, we may boldly join in the combat, and enlist ourselves among that disinterested band, who fight not for human ambition, or human praise, but for the honour of our Saviour, and the salvation of men.
~By John Strachan ~


I used to think I had ambition... but now I'm not so sure. It may have been only discontent. They're easily confused.
~By Rachel Field ~


My ambition was to stop waiting tables. That was how I measured success: finally, I was able to stop waiting tables, and I was able to pay the rent, and that was by being a stand-up comic. Not a very good stand-up comic, but good enough to make a living.
~By Graham Norton ~


Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
~By Oscar Wilde ~


The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.
~By Alexander Pope ~


Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame, obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
~By William Whitehead ~


There has to be this pioneer, the individual who has the courage, the ambition to overcome the obstacles that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile, especially when it is new and different.
~By Alfred P. Sloan ~


My ambition is to do a good job. I never plan anything.
~By Ilie Nastase ~


Before we got married, I had tremendous ambition. Once we got married and I started having children, then I just thought that that was my real life. Steve was definitely more ambitious than I.
~By Eydie Gorme ~


Since we started, Chris and I had theatrical ambitions.
~By Neil Tennant ~


There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
~By Henry Van Dyke ~


Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
~By Abraham Lincoln ~


In college, I got interested in news because the world was coming apart. The civil rights movement, the antiwar movement, the women's right movement. That focused my radio ambitions toward news.
~By Bob Edwards ~


My secret ambition was always to provide music for animation films: something with an Indian theme, either a fairy tale or mythological tale or on the Krishna theme. I still have a very deep desire, but these sorts of chances don't always come.
~By Ravi Shankar ~


We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
~By Barack Obama ~


With just about every player in Australia, his whole goal and ambition is to play for Australia. That's why they're playing first class cricket. It's just a different attitude.
~By Shane Warne ~


Whatever success I may have attained is due to the fact that since I was old enough to work at all, my ambition has never deserted me.
~By Anna Held ~


The press regularly proclaims my ambitions and my financial demands.
~By Placido Domingo ~


The man of petty ambition if invited to dinner will be eager to be set next his host.
~By Theophrastus ~


I had this dream, and I really wanted to be a star. And I was almost a monster in the way that I was really fearless with my ambitions.
~By Lady Gaga ~


In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
~By Christian Nestell Bovee ~


Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
~By Elvis Presley ~


Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.
~By Angela Carter ~


The longing for peace is rooted in the hearts of all men. But the striving, which at present has become so insistent, cannot lay claim to such an ambition as leading the way to eternal peace, or solving all disputes among nations.
~By Alva Myrdal ~


Do you have any ambitions outside racing? My main ambition at the moment, whether inside or outside racing, is to become Formula 1 World Champion.
~By Kimi Raikkonen ~


I have ambitions to do a Broadway record one of these days and get in the studio with like, a real orchestra. I'm a big musical theatre geek.
~By Mandy Moore ~


Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
~By Milan Kundera ~


I'm hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure.
~By George W. Bush ~


I have the desire to work as an actress, but I have no ambition to be a star.
~By Ally Sheedy ~


Religion united its influence with those of loyalty and love, and the order of knighthood, endowed with all the sanctity and religious awe that attended the priesthood, became an object of ambition to the greatest sovereigns.
~By Thomas Bulfinch ~


In the future, when we get serious about executing things correctly, this thing will be very easy to do. If we find out that this technique does not work, I don't intend to step on dead bodies to achieve something because I don't have that kind of ambition. My ambition is to help people.
~By Panayiotis Zavos ~


I will not become a Napoleon nor an Alexander, and labour for my own ambition; but I will labour for freedom and for the moral well-being of man.
~By Lajos Kossuth ~


Don't let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand.
~By William Feather ~


You want the book to be special, and they are not always going to be special, but at least you want that to be the ambition. So the only way that happens is if you are not pressing to write a book.
~By Michael Lewis ~


Ambition never comes to an end.
~By Kenneth Kaunda ~


To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain.
~By Henry Drummond ~


A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for one reader in a hundred years' time.
~By Arthur Koestler ~


Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
~By Susan Sontag ~


If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.
~By Lord Chesterfield ~


Vietnam was a lie but at least there was a political agenda. It was the domino theory. Iraq is about nothing but George Bush's ego laced with imperialist ambitions. And it was helped by your government.
~By Donald Sutherland ~


Ambition aspires to descend.
~By Pierre Corneille ~


Lincoln's stature and strength, his intelligence and ambition - in short, all the elements which gave him popularity among men in New Salem, rendered him equally attractive to the fair sex of that village.
~By John George Nicolay ~


My ambition is peace and perfection.
~By DeForest Kelley ~


What is my loftiest ambition? I've always wanted to throw an egg at an electric fan.
~By Oliver Herford ~


Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.
~By Saint Augustine ~


The United States must also continue to push the United Nations Security Council for strong action to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. In the meantime, it is our job to take meaningful steps to eliminate the threats posed by Iran.
~By Allyson Schwartz ~


Basically you have to suppress your own ambitions in order to be who you need to be.
~By Bob Dylan ~


Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small but meaningful accomplishments.
~By Bryant H. McGill ~


Most minds think from A to B to G to O, or hold goals and ambitions to keep them going.
~By Lynette Fromme ~


The bulk of mankind have indeed, in all countries in their turn, been made the prey of ambition.
~By Mercy Otis Warren ~


One of the things I realized early in my career is that you do what you believe, in knowing that if you don't, you will never like yourself. When you compromise out of fear or ambition, it eats inside you.
~By Samuel Dash ~


As the country now turns a new leaf, our ambition is to give hope to each and every Afghan.
~By Hamid Karzai ~


Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
~By Barack Obama ~


May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster, war, from all lands, with her hated associates, rapine and insatiable ambition!
~By Daniel Boone ~


Somebody ought to tell him his ambition is showing.
~By Harry Essex ~


Five enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
~By Petrarch ~


I have been absolutely hag-ridden with ambition. If I could wish to have anything in the world it would be to be free of ambition.
~By Tallulah Bankhead ~

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